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Social Spy** OSCARS GLAMOUR COMES TO SYDNEY FOR SPINALCURE FUNDRAISING LUNCH

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Sydney’s finest, from Sami Lukis, Tim Davies, Sacha Horler, Matt Day, Laura Csortan, Christian Wilkins, Victoria Hill, Rodger Corser and Lizzi Morrissey to famous faces April Rose Pengilly, Magdalena Roze and Nikki Phillips all gathered today in The Ivy Ballroom for the fourth annual SpinalCure Oscars luncheon. The event gave guests the chance to experience the excitement of the Oscars live while raising money for a good cause in the process. As the magic took place in LA, the stars were on the edge of their seats as they waited to see whether Aussie nominees Catherine Martin and Cate Blanchett would walk away with the movie industry’s top honours.
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Hosted by TV personalities  Renee Brack, the event proved to be the perfect place to experience the glamour of Hollywood’s night of nights an ocean away here in Sydney. A TV journalist, pop culture commentator, adventurer and movie buff, Renee Brack is well known to Foxtel audiences having interviewed some of the world’s best known Oscar-winning actors and directors.
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Nikki Phillips, Nicole Byers

Guests were treated to Vodka O cocktails on arrival, silent auction prizes, wines from St Hallet and a 3-course lunch that included zucchini blossom with pecorino, grilled salmon fillet and a delicious lamb rump. The event has raised much-needed money to help fund the research to permanently end paralysis caused by spinal cord injury.
Tim Davies, Sami Luki

Tim Davies, Sami Luki

Founded in 1994, SpinalCure has directly raised over $5million for researchers and universities nationally working to develop a permanent cure for paralysis caused by spinal cord injury (SCI). With an Australian paralysed every day by spinal cord injuries* and more than 12,000 people currently living with some form of paralysis, it is an issue that strikes at the heart of many families. The organisation has also assisted with raising more than $80million through the establishment of statewide government neurotrauma road safety funds and is an active participant in the International Campaign to Cure Paralysis (ICCP).
Magdelana Roze

Magdelana Roze

For further information on SpinalCure, visit http://www.spinalcure.org.au.

Charity 101** Cupid’s Undie Run to see thousands take to the streets in their bedroom best

 

World’s largest underwear run puts the ‘FUN’ in fundraising for Children’s Tumour Foundation

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With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, a surprisingly ‘brief’ fundraising event on Sunday 9th February 2014 will see participants in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne take to the city streets in their bedroom best, as they join in the world’s largest organised underwear run, all in the name of an important cause.

 

Inspired by wildly successful events of the same name taking place simultaneously in 27 US cities,

Cupid’s Undie Run supported by Bonds is a jocular 1.5km jog through the city streets that aims to put the ‘FUN’ in fundraising, helping to raise important funds and increase awareness for the Children’s Tumour Foundation of Australia.

 

Registrations are now open for the runs in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, which are expected to see more than 2,000 Aussies join nearly 20,000 runners worldwide, as they to take to the streets in various Valentine-themed undie outfits inspired by the event’s motto: “I’m With Cupid.”

 

Event organiser, Lee Mackie, of the Children’s Tumour Foundation of Australia, said participants were encouraged to raise funds around their involvement in the lead up to the event, emphasising that all money raised would help to provide vital support services and fund research for Neurofibromatosis (NF) in Australia.

 

Affecting 1 in 3,000 Australians, NF is a genetic condition that causes tumours to grow on nerves throughout the body causing life-limiting, debilitating side effects. There is currently no cure.

 

“Cupid’s Undie Run is raising much needed funds, but just as importantly, it’s also raising awareness,” Mackie said, adding that the light-hearted and positive tone of the event meant it also acted as a celebration of the good work done by the organisation.

 

“Our participants love to ‘dress up’ for this event and have a bit of fun with it; guys will shave hearts into their chests, girls will wear wings and tutus – it’s a fun time from beginning to end,” said Mackie.

 

Local venues including Bungalow 8 in Sydney, The Caxton Hotel in Brisbane and Watermark, at the Docklands in Melbourne, will each host pre and post-race festivities from noon, where undie runners will be able to celebrate their successful fundraising efforts.

 

Registration includes a race day shirt and costs $40 as of 16 January, increasing to $50 on 2 February, so it pays for participants to register early.  Runners can also earn custom Cupid’s undies and VIP Open Bar status by fundraising. Places are limited so early registration is essential. Event and registration details for each city are available at www.cupidsundierun.com.au.

 

The 2014 Cupid’s Undie Run supported by Bonds and founding sponsor Radio Rentals will be the second time round for Australia, as Brisbane and Melbourne join in the fun following a phenomenal first year event in Sydney.

What’s On : The Glenmore Takes To The Rooftop To Host First Spring Ladies’ Luncheon

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On Thursday 26 September, the iconic Glenmore in The Rocks will be turned into a haven for lunching ladies for its first ever Spring Ladies’ Luncheon in conjunction with the League of Extraordinary Women.

 

Taking over the entire 130-seat rooftop, with stunning views across Sydney harbour, The Opera House and Harbour Bridge, ladies will be treated to canapés and a sit down lunch from 12-2pm whilst sipping on Pimm’s and bubbles, all for a good cause.

 

Inspirational bare all blogger and international professional life coach, Vashti Whitfield (aka Maybe McQueen), will be speaking about finding purpose, legacy and your personal brand that will be invaluable for ladies looking for further direction in their life and career.

 

The event is being held in conjunction with the League of Extraordinary Women (The League), an Australian group empowering and educating young female entrepreneurs to build better businesses. The League was recently named one of Australia’s hottest female networking groups by Marie Claire magazine.

“The League is delighted to be involved with an event that helps support the well-being of women. Vashti’s story is truly inspirational (she spoke at a League event earlier in the year) and I am so pleased that she is involved with this luncheon,” said Sarah Riegelhuth, Co-founder of The League of Extraordinary Women.

 

Prizes will be drawn throughout the day and all proceeds from the event will go to the Gidget Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation whose mission is to promote awareness of perinatal anxiety and depression amongst women and their families, their healthcare providers and the wider community to ensure that those in need receive timely, appropriate and supportive care.

·                12.00pm for 12.30pm start. Finishes at 2pm

·                Canapés, lunch, Pimm’s and bubbles included

·                All proceeds go to Gidget Foundation

·                Tickets $45 from http://tix.yet/springladiesluncheon

·                The Glenmore, 96 Cumberland Street, The Rocks

 

For further information, visit www.theglenmore.com.au or call 02 9247 4794

What’s On: City2Surf this Sunday!

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The Sun-Herald City2Surf presented by Westpac – be quick, registrations filling fast!

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This year the world’s largest run and Sydney’s favourite sporting event, The Sun-Herald City2Surf will take place on Sunday, August 11.

Organisers are urging anyone keen on participating to register now, as more than 20,000 participants have already entered and entries are capped at 85,000.

Last year the City2Surf raised more than $4million for charity and this year the target has been set at $5million. Participants are encouraged to run for a cause close to their hearts, with more than 650 charities taking part in the fundraising initiative.

Early bird entries are $65 for adults ($45 for children and $15 for under fives) with registrations after April 11 available for $80 for adults ($60 for children and $15 for under fives).

EVENT DETAILS

City2Surf:

Key dates:

General entries open City2Surf Expo, Moore Park City2Surf
Sunday, August 11, 2013

Location: From College St, Hyde Park to Bondi Beach, Sydney NSW

For further information, please see http://www.city2surf.com.au

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Social Spy** Camp Quality Launches Dine At Mine

Last night Camp Quality held an intimate media and celebrity cocktail evening at Ananas in The Rocks to launch their new Dine At Mine Campaign. Dine at Mine is a major new fundraiser for the children’s cancer charity, and the concept is simple. Throughout August 2013, hosts invite family and friends to a dining experience – could be breakfast, lunch or dinner – and ask them to donate what they would’ve spent eating out to Camp Quality. All funds will help create a better life for every child living with cancer in Australia.

Guests included top media and celebrities such as Dine At Mine ambassador and celebrity chef Lyndey Milan, Scott Gooding from My Kitchen Rules, Olympic swimmer Elka Whalan and her husband Thomas, and Channel 9 sports reporter Erin Molan.

Upon arrival guests were treated to cocktails and canapés and after mingling listened to Lyndey Milan give an inspiring insight into how important the work Camp Quality does and more about the Dine At Mine campaign. Lyndey then went on to introduce a mother whose son has cancer – Lindy Kingsford – who told the moving yet uplifting story of her son Alex’s illness, how he was beating it and how important Camp Quality had been in their journey. Alex and her daughter Lilly also attended the evening and all guests agreed they were the most gorgeous and lovely children!

Guests were left feeling inspired and moved after the speeches and had the opportunity to talk further with Lyndey & Lindy who stayed and chatted with everyone well into the evening. To help support the amazing work Camp Quality does with children with cancer and to register as a Dine at Mine host, simply visit http://www.dineatmine.org.au

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What’s On: Corporate Boxing comes to the Ivy Ballroom

On the 19th of July, 20 white-collar boxers form around Sydney will step into the ring after 12 weeks of intensive training. They will be battling to help raise money for the Miracle Babies Foundation – a charity that helps premature babies and their families with the challenges presented when a baby arrives into the world prematurely.

The Miracle Babies Foundation is a great cause, founded and run by an awesome group of mums and helping over 40,000 families a year!

It looks set to be a great night out with your colleagues or your mates!

Standard tickets for the event are $200 (12 per table) – and include:

– Entrance to the Black-Tie event at Ivy Ballroom
– Entrance to the after-party at Ivy Pool Bar
– 3 course meal
– Drinks for the evening

Doors open at 7pm and Tickets are selling fast so get in quick and secure your tickets a fantastic evening of entertainment and get behind a fantastic cause!

Please direct all ticket enquires to sydneysocial101@hotmail.com

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Social Spy** PARCHED MARCH WRAPS UP AT IVY

Parched March, Sydney’s month-long bar odyssey, has wrapped up for 2013 by throwing a huge VIP media and celebrity event at The Lawn, Ivy last night.

The rain didn’t deter guests from gathering on the second level of Ivy to enjoy delicious cocktails by Suntory, wines from Wild Oats and canapés. Founder of Parched March, Amy Cooper, gave a heartfelt speech thanking everyone involved before Simon Mercier, owner of participating Parched March venue Name This Bar, jumped on stage to auction off artworks created as part of Parched March. The Parched March PUP UP dog statues sold for a combined $2000, Merivale’s Justin Hemmes generously bought the Mambo Surfboard for $1500, Nacho Pop’s ‘Elephant’ artwork sold for $450 and Wade Osborne from band Amy Meredith sold his ‘Doggie Style’ artwork for $250, all money raised was donated to Animal Welfare League NSW.

Swing dancers graced the stage and got everyone doing the ‘twist’ before SYP, the Australian Psy impersonator, did an impromptu performance of Gangnam Style which got everyone jumping up and down!

The event was a media and celebrity frenzy, with guests including Dr Katrina Warren (celebrity TV vet), SYP (Australian Psy impersonator), Rex Lee (American actor from Entourage), Lynette Bolton (WAG Nation TV star and married to Sydney Swans player Jude Bolton), Amy Meredith (3-time ARIA-nominated Australian band), Hayley Jensen (former Australian Idol contestant), Annalise Braackensiek (TV presenter and model) and even our own Parched March furry brand ambassador Fashion Dog.

More than 60 Sydney bars mixed up special cocktails throughout the month of March, including Bondi Hardware, The Botanist, Gazebo Wine Garden, Hugo’s, Palmer & Co, Méjico, LL Wine & Dine and many more. The annual Good Times for a Good Cause has been the biggest year yet with over $40,000 raised in total over the month, a new record and double of what Parched March raised last year.

“Parched March helps raise money for Animal Welfare League NSW (AWL) by encouraging people to enjoy our city’s bars responsibly. It proves that doing good doesn’t always mean depriving yourself,” says Parched March Director Amy Cooper.

“It’s now become a much-anticipated event on the Sydney social calendar, bringing friends and colleagues together as well as showcasing this city’s brilliant bar culture.”

In 2013 Parched March put on a number of unique challenges and events, with highlights including:

The Parched March PUP-UP – Throughout the month of March specially commissioned papier mache dogs were decorated by Mambo artists, Jamie Durie and other celebrities, and appeared in participating venues. The unique artworks were auctioned off at the launch.
March 10th 2013: Pets at the Pub – at The Alexandria Hotel. Was a pet-friendly afternoon in Sydney’s biggest beer garden with interactive entertainment and celebrity appearances.
March 17th 2013: Pets at the Pub – Lord Dudley Hotel, Woollahra. Held a Best in Show dog contest, fun, prizes and special appearance from Dr Katrina Warren at the lovely English-style pub.
March 21st 2013: MR CBD, at Ananas at The Rocks turned up the heat in town, with a beauty parade and auction of the hottest male city workers. Brings new meaning to sex and the city! We have now crowned our very first Mr CBD for 2013, Angelo Bourras.
March 22nd 2013: Furry Friday Rescue Challenge – The fast-paced treasure hunt through participating CBD Parched March bars will saw teams following clues to find the Pup-Up dogs.
April 3rd 2013: The Wrap Party – The invite-only bash was the culmination of the month.

In the name of furry, charitable fun, Parched March 2013 has been the biggest celebration yet of Sydney’s top-notch bar culture. We’ll drink to that!

To find out more about Parched March, visit http://www.parchedmarch.com

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SOCIAL SPY** PARCHED MARCH LAUNCH NIGHT

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Parched March, Sydney’s month-long bar odyssey, kicked off with a huge VIP media and celebrity launch event on Wednesday 27th March at The Loft, Kings Street Wharf.

Guests enjoyed cocktails by Suntory and canapés while watching the sunset on the balcony. Mambo artists, Lee McConnell and Ben Brown, painted and decorated a PUP UP dog statue, created by Tanya Dobble, and a Mambo surf board which has been donated to Parched March and will be auctioned off at the wrap party at the end of the campaign. Speeches were held by Amy Cooper, founder of Parched March, and celebrity brand ambassador Jamie Durie, who even brought his pup, Bodhi, up on stage with him – the venue made a special exception and let Bodhi be the only canine guest, especially for Parched March!

The event had a fabulous turnout, guests included Jamie Durie (horticulturalist and international award-winning landscape designer), Dr Katrina Warren (celebrity TV vet), Laura Andon (professional surfer and model), Aaron Bruce (Sydney Kings player), Sarah Stavrow (Fashion Commentator and founder of The Fashion Institute), Josh Flinn (TV fashion commentator), Matt Doran (Channel 10 TV presenter), (Sophia Hope (singer and former X Factor contestant), SYP (Australian Psy impersonator), Lynette Bolton (WAG Nation TV star and married to Sydney Swans player Jude Bolton), Tom Steinfort (columnist and Channel 9 TV presenter), and Amy Meredith (3-time ARIA-nominated Australian band).

More than 60 Sydney bars will be mixing up special cocktails throughout the month of March, including Bondi Hardware, Gazebo Wine Garden, Hugo’s, Palmer & Co, Méjico, LL Wine & Dine and many more. The annual Good Times for a Good Cause are set to be the biggest yet!
“Parched March helps raise money for Animal Welfare League NSW (AWL) by encouraging people to enjoy our city’s bars responsibly. It proves that doing good doesn’t always mean depriving yourself,” says Parched March Director Amy Cooper.

“It’s now become a much-anticipated event on the Sydney social calendar, bringing friends and colleagues together as well as showcasing this city’s brilliant bar culture.”
In 2013 Parched March tempts Sydneysiders to take part in a number of unique challenges and events, with highlights including:

The Parched March PUP-UP – Throughout the month of March specially commissioned papier mache dogs will be decorated by Mambo artists, Jamie Durie and other celebrities, and will appear in participating venues. These unique artworks will then be auctioned at the end of the month.

March 6th 2013: Petting Zoo Party – Lil’ Darlin, Darlinghurst. A fun party with a human zoo.
March 10th 2013: Pets at the Pub – at The Alexandria Hotel. Enjoy a pet-friendly afternoon in Sydney’s biggest beer garden with interactive entertainment and celebrity appearances.
March 14th 2013: BLONDE V’S BRUNETTES at Cargo Bar – Blonde vs Brunettes quiz night with interaction in fun games, dance off’s, live art drawing on a celebrity torso, challenging who is the smarter of the two.
March 17th 2013: Pets at the Pub – Lord Dudley Hotel, Woollahra. A Best in Show dog contest, fun, prizes and special appearance from Dr Katrina Warren at this lovely English-style pub. Plus – meet Bruce, the resident bulldog!
March 21st 2013: MR CBD, at Ananas at The Rocks is guaranteed to turn up the heat in town, with a beauty parade and auction of the hottest male city workers. Brings new meaning to sex and the city! March 22nd 2013: Furry Friday Rescue Challenge – A fast-paced treasure hunt through participating CBD Parched March bars will see teams following clues to find the Pup-Up dogs.

April 3rd 2013: The Wrap Party – This invite-only bash is the culmination of the month with awards for the best bars and fundraisers of Parched March 2013. With live music, entertainment and of course cocktails, the Wrap Party is always the most anticipated event on the Parched March calendar.

In the name of furry, charitable fun, Parched March 2013 will be the biggest celebration yet of Sydney’s top-notch bar culture. We’ll drink to that!
To find out more and take up a Parched March challenge, visit http://www.parchedmarch.com

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XMAS 101** Ipoh Kicks Off Christmas with Jess Mauboy and Justice Crew

 

Strand Arcade Xmas Tree

Strand Arcade Xmas Tree

Jessica Mauboy and Justice Crew will launch an exclusive Christmas shopping event across the Ipoh

Group’s premium shopping destinations – QVB, The Galeries, Strand Arcade, Chifley Plaza and No. 1

Martin Place – with public performances on Thursday 13 December. The live music kicks off Ipoh’s

festive season campaign, counting down the 12 days ‘til Christmas via daily interactive events and

prize giveaways.

 

Jessica Mauboy

Jessica Mauboy

Jessica Mauboy will take the stage at 6pm on the ground floor at QVB and performances are

staggered throughout the night, as customers move from centre to centre to complete their

Christmas shopping. Australia’s Got Talent winners Justice Crew perform at 6.30pm at The Galeries

ground floor and catch Mauboy live again in Chifley Plaza at 7pm. Finish off the night at the Strand

Arcade where trumpeter Paul Wheeler will be playing on level two.

 

Justice Crew

Justice Crew

Customers can embrace the festive spirit with complimentary beverages while they shop as well as

indulging in sweet treats courtesy of Haigh’s, Sublime Gelato, The Nut Shop, Sweet Infinity and Bon

Bon chocolates.

 

The Strand Arcade will host a pop-up Galliano cocktail bar amongst dazzling decorations designed by

Alex Perry, while The Galeries’ Summer Lounge complete with faux grass, palm trees and flamingos

is the perfect hideaway for those wanting to escape the holiday rush. Chifley Plaza’s larger-than-life

Citizens of Celebration installation is a must-see with its imaginative characters and modern design.

Other highlights include a roaming quartet of carollers in QVB, alongside the building’s iconic

Swarovski Christmas tree and Crystal Garden with Santa and his helpers. Plus gift wrapping on QVB’s

level two for a gold coin donation to Barnados.

 

An abundance of exclusive offers will be available on the night from top retailers including Alannah

Hill, Coach, Gorman, Incu, Ralph Lauren, Alex Perry, Farage, Kikki.K, MaxMara, Bristol & Brooks,

Manning Cartell and more.

 

Continuing the spirit of giving, Ipoh is offering over $50,000 worth of extraordinary prizes

throughout the 12 day countdown. Spend over $150 in any Ipoh centre to go into the daily draw. All

prizes build up to the ultimate present, a $10,000 MasterCard voucher on Christmas Eve.

 

Chifley Plaza - citizens of celebration

Chifley Plaza – citizens of celebration

Customers can also get a helping hand by picking up a free copy of Ipoh’s gift guide magazine with

insightful suggestions and personal anecdotes from leading Sydney-siders including Guy Sebastian,

Julie Goodwin, Tom Waterhouse, Antonia Kidman, Terry Biviano and Tim Ross.

 

Reconnecting the city with an authentic Sydney Christmas, this shopping event speaks to the

contemporary, stylish and time-poor values of the urban lifestyle. At a time when customers are

looking for engagement, expertise and a bit of fun, Ipoh is leading the way in revitalising the retail

experience with its captivating take on Christmas.

What’s on – A Festive Fling in the City

Independent Sydney designers, Alexia Gnecchi Ruscone of Eclettica and Sophie Toohey of Mr. Rose are hosting a “Festive Fling in the City” on Thursday 29 and Friday 30 November, to offer busy city workers and dwellers an opportunity to get their Christmas shopping and festive wear nailed in a sumptuous environment.

Ideal for time-poor women who demand individual style and crave personal service, the “Festive Fling in the City” is taking the stress out of Christmas shopping by offering a well edited collection of fashion, accessories and curated gifts from around the world that are treasures to give, own and receive. Gentlemen are also welcome , in fact it’s perfectly suited for the male shopper who is looking for unique gifts for his unique femme.

Located in a suite overlooking Hyde Park at the Sheraton on the Park, shoppers will enjoy a boutique environment, personal service and gift recommendations, a glass of bubbly or two, complimentary gift wrapping and delivery.

With both Eclettica and Mr. Rose not readily available in the city of Sydney, it’s a great opportunity to access these independent Australian designers, who specialise in creating wardrobe wonders for women who love to create an individual style of their own.

Top Picks:
Eclettica – chic totes, handbags and accessories, expertly made in the softest Italian leathers and colourful cotton canvases, plus linen dresses and cotton separates inspired by the famed Mediterranean lifestyle; perfect for easy Summer living. La bella vita!

Mr. Rose – a stunning collection of silk print blouses and femme shirting and will show you how to style from work to play and get a chic holiday look in its relaxed cotton tunics, also find scarves from Paris, jewellery from London and gift vouchers available for all.

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Santa Maria Novella – direct from Florence, exquisite lotions, bath salts, candles, colognes and unique gift ideas from this centuries old pharmacy. Beautifully presented, scented with natural essences, you just can’t go wrong with a gift from Santa Maria Novella!

A Festive Fling in the City
When: Thursday, 29 November, 4pm to 8pm
Friday, 30 November, 7:30am to 2pm

Where: Sheraton on the Park, 161 Elizabeth Street, Sydney

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